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The Little Seed That Could

by Rob Dunne

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Then they said to one another, “Look, this dreamer is coming!” Genesis 37:19

Some years ago a Japanese botanist found some viable lotus seeds in a layer of peat in a dry lake-bed in Manchuria. Testing was done suggesting that the seeds were hundreds if not thousands of years old. Germination tests were made on the seeds. Almost all of them grew, even after having lain around in museums for a decade or two. The contents of a seed are powerful!

A word from God is like a seed planted in our hearts. In the book of Genesis, we are introduced to Joseph. He is the eleventh son of Jacob, Abraham’s grandson. At the age of thirteen, God gives Joseph two dreams. Both dreams show him ruling over his family and that everyone, including his father, will one day bow before him. Needless to say, these dreams did not make his family members happy. His brothers were incredibly jealous and sold Joseph in to slavery.

For thirteen long years, it did not appear as though Joseph’s dream would come to pass. He prospered as a slave until he was wrongfully accused by his master’s wife and thrown in to prison. While in prison, Joseph was placed in charge of the other inmates. Pharaoh’s cup-bearer and baker were put in prison and had dreams of their own. Joseph provided both with the interpretation and asked the cup bearer to remember him when he was once again in Pharaoh’s presence.

Eventually, Pharaoh had a dream that none of his priests or magicians could interpret. Finally, the cup-bearer remembered Joseph and his ability to interpret dreams. He correctly interpreted the dream and told Pharaoh that seven prosperous years were coming followed by seven years of famine. He suggested a game plan on how to navigate this period of time that impressed Pharaoh. As a result, Joseph was put in charge of Pharaoh’s entire kingdom. Nine years later, Joseph’s family traveled to Egypt and his dream came to pass.

God gives us words in a number of ways. He will speak to us through His written word, by speaking to our hearts, using a prophet or even a dream. Our job is to receive and nurture that word. Like Joseph, it may take years before we see that dream come to pass. During that time of waiting, we may be faced with many adversities. Trust that during this time, God is forging your character and preparing you to fulfill every aspect of that dream.

Has God planted a dream in your heart? Are you feeling discouraged because you haven’t seen it come to pass? Take inspiration from Joseph and trust that God is able to complete the good work that He has begun in you!

Little with a Crumb

by Dawn Aldrich

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Today’s article is authored by Mandy Adendorff

A dad held his infant and said to him, “You, my little son, will be called the prophet of the Most High, because you will prepare the way for the Lord. You will tell his people how to find salvation through forgiveness of their sins,” (Luke 1:76-77).

John the Baptist was this new-born baby, unaware of the call over his life and the anticipation heaven had over him. Yet, God didn’t wait until he was a strong man before He proclaimed His word over him.

There is a reason why God proclaims His word over us when we are very small–no matter what the call is, it will not be fulfilled by our strength and power. It’s not our size that will fulfill the call, rather it’s the weight and strength of the word of God over our lives that will propel us into our callings.

We all carry a unique call from heaven. This is stronger than physical, financial, emotional and mental limitations. It’s the Word from heaven in our lives that propels us past these limitations.

As a weak, helpless babe John carried a weighty call. The call was stronger than his frail mind and body. The dream God has for us is always much bigger than our ability because God has designed us to function in partnership with Him. The dream of God over your life is meant for two to fulfill. If we were supposed to do it on our own He would have given us a call in proportion to our size, but He never does. The call on our lives is huge and impossible in comparison with our size, because it can only be fulfilled by a small person living in agreement with Almighty God.

The dream of God is not only meant for two (God and you), but for three and four

You see, when John was too small to comprehend it all he was surrounded by people who believed what God had said to him. It’s vital that we, like John surround ourselves with earthly agreement. The people who you share your life with are directly linked to your future.

Baby John possessed nothing but a word from heaven. The dream of God often starts with nothing more than a crumb in our hands, a stirring inside. It’s important that we honor what God stirs in us by nurturing it.

Ways to nurture God’s dream in you:

  1. Agree with it– When you agree with what God has said, you position yourself as God’s partner. Intentionally surround yourself with those who will together agree with God’s dream for your life.
  1. Submit to it– True submission to God’s dream for our lives takes time. It involves us letting go of personal limitations that were shaped by fear and other junk. God’s dream is always the most fulfilling way for us to live. We were made for this!
  1. Release it– It’s scary to step into His call because we feel as if we only have a crumb to give, but when we release the crumb that’s in our hands it becomes a loaf of bread that others will feed on. We release the crumb – God gives it life.

“So is my word that goes out from my mouth:It will not return to me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.”

(For context read Isaiah 55:9-11)

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Small Beginnings

by Dawn Aldrich

“Does anyone dare despise this day of small beginnings?” Zechariah 4:8

Creation’s story begins all black ̶ void of light, color or form. Then God imagines more. The Word speaks light into the darkness ̶ a small, yet significant start to something greater. And it is good.

God imagines more and the Word speaks more, filling voids with sky, water, earth, plants, birds, fish, animals, man and woman ̶ us. All begins small.

In small beginnings lie hope, vision, and promise for more God glory. Small lends itself to training, growth, maturity, and greater kingdom purposes. For with the smallest of seeds God’s hand cultivates an abundant harvest.

When pregnant with God-sized dreams we can’t see all it holds inside, who will benefit or how God will equip. Our finite imaginations may not know God’s infinite plan, but Paul encourages us to “[be] confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” Philippians 1:6 NIV.

Therefore, God simply asks that we follow his lead, step out in faith toward our God-given, God-sized dreams. Do not disdain the small beginnings He places before us. Rather, embrace every opportunity for growth with gratitude knowing that even the smallest beginning carries God-sized potential.

And so, this blog is born. We are ordinary people with God-thoughts who twirl pencils, click cursors, fill blank spaces, paint pictures with strewn letters, and gather here each week to encourage you, the body of Christ, through words. {Re}Fresh is a small beginning with God-sized potential. We pray our words, penned through prayer and meditation, may refresh your soul with heaven’s rain and cause you to seek God’s face.

Won’t you take a moment and share one of God’s small beginnings from your life?

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